About 6 weeks ago, after installing a new garage door opener, I noticed I had a real sharp pain in my elbow. I tried to ignore it and continued playing both the mandolin and guitar for a couple of hours every night. It got worse, alot worse. It’s taken me weeks to break the habit of grabbing an instrument the moment I get home, but I think finally I’ve done it.
I’m in day 2 of no music at all, and it seems like it has helped the elbow a little bit. I hope I can resist for a couple of weeks, see if it cures me. And if not, I’ll go see a doctor. From what I’ve read about tendonitis, tennis elbow, and golfers elbow (I think what I have is this last one), they don’t do much except recommend rest, ice, and ibuprofen anyway unless it’s gotten so bad that surgery is needed, which is why I haven’t already made an appointment.
Music is addictive. I guess I’m doing some badly needed work on my vocals for a while. And when I return I hope I can get back to both instruments. If I have to pick one, it will be the guitar where 80% of what I do is fingerpicking, which doesn’t seem to stress my arm anywhere near as much as the relentless up and down of the mandolin.